Pat Toomey

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaks with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey said Monday he hopes Congress can pass legislation to expand background checks. 

“I’m not promising or guaranteeing an outcome here, but I am promising to continue the effort. And I do think we are in a somewhat different environment where maybe we can build the momentum," Toomey said as he headed into a forum with business and civic leaders in Lewisburg.

Toomey was greeted outside the meeting by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

He said he spoke with President Trump Monday morning.

Toomey and McGinty at debate
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GOP incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty met in Philadelphia Monday night for a second and final debate.

With two weeks to go until Election Day, the candidates in the country’s most expensive US Senate race are within two points of one another in an average of recent polls.

Tension between the two was high onstage at Temple University.

Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey speaks with supporters at Champs Sports Grill in State College, Pa. on August 16, 2016.
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During a campaign event, incumbent Republican Senator Pat Toomey spoke out against Pennsylvania’s sanctuary cities and President Obama’s Iran deal. The appearance was a part of his “Keeping PA Safe” bus tour.

Toomey’s also been criticized for not fully endorsing Donald Trump for president - but he doesn’t think it’s significant for his re-election.